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Truly infected? Many false positives? AVs disagree.

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#1 stefanzman


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Posted 10 July 2012 - 12:36 AM


I have a peculiar situation with an XP SP3 computer, and it is difficult to ascertain the true status of the machine.

The customer claims that they were greeted with a notification about a virus, so they promptly ran a full scan with Lavasoft Adaware. After this was completed, numerous seemingly valid EXE files were relocated to quarantine.

Most of them were tagged with - LooksLike.Win32.InfectedFile!A (v)

Many of them were EXEs from commercial/vertical software programs that had been installed for years. Since it seemed highly unlikely that all these objects were truly infected, I restored them all.

The machine is running OK. There are some quirks and performance issues, but nothing very ominous.

I have since installed and run MalwareBytes, and it found a couple of believable threats that were removed.

I then ran a Kaspersky and AVIRA scan on the machine. Both of these found multiple infected EXE files again. So I submitted a handful of these to Virustotal, and the results were all over the map. Many files were found clean, but others got several hits (New WIN32, W32/Pift, Virus.Win32.Suspic.gen). One of these hits was a component of the freshly installed Malwarebytes program (mabamgui.exe).

Not to be deterred, I just downloaded and ran the ESet online scanner. And... it found NOTHING.

What in the world am I supposed to make of this? Is there a reasonably certain way that I can confirm/deny the infection on this box?

I cannot recall when I have seen so much disagreement amongst the major AV vendors for a given machine.

Thanks much in advance for any suggestions/guidance.


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